Halloween is essentially Goth Christmas. The one day of the year that the music/style/aesthetic is celebrated (and appropriated) rather than marginalized, October 31 is a good day to be goth. And a goth without music is an even sadder goth.
In celebration, we’re looking back at some of the most iconic musicians to ever bear that polarizing moniker, whether they helped invent it, took it to new heights, or had it ham-fistedly applied to them by someone as ignorant as a music journalist. Goth — as we interpret it — is as much about a look and lifestyle as it is about a sound, so our ranking of musical goth icons takes a pretty liberal approach to the label. Click through to see who made our list, and get a head start on making your own Halloween playlist.